Kim Yeram (Kim): Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation carried out an urban development project named ShinPuhKan Complex. Tell us about the aims of this urban development project and the history behind the complex.

Kengo Kuma (Kuma): In 1926, when Kyoto was on its way to becoming a modern city, the Japanese architect Yoshida Tetsuro designed the Kyoto Central Telephone Office, the predecessor to ShinPuhKan. Later, in 2001, it opened as a commercial establishment following extension work designed by Richard Rogers and preserved the appearance of the original office on condition of redevelopment in the future. With the hope of breathing new life into Kyoto, the

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